I don't care what anybody says, including my wife, sleep is better than sex. I do it seven days a week, I can last all night, and I don't have to cuddle. Could anything be hotter than sleep? Okay, of course I'm joking...Sort of. With a six-year old son who's more scared of the monsters in the night than the monster I can be in the morning, "sleepus-interruptus" is a regular occurrence.
As a sex therapist, I'm not usually susprised when a bunch of new stats and studies hits my desk, but not too long ago TODAY conducted a poll in conjunction with iVillage.com about how long some people have gone without sex, and 30 percent said a few months, 24 percent said a few years, 22 percent said about a year. It was that last part about a year that surprised me. A whole year! Some studies estimate that nearly 50 million Americans are stuck in a rut, and I bet if you asked a bunch of those people what's going on they'd say that they're just too tired to have sex. And that's especially true of parents, (dads included!)
But the truth is, sex isn't tiring, it's rejuvenating. Sex relieves stress, helps with sleep, releases feel-good endorphins and boosts immunity. In fact so essential is sex to not-being-tired, I'd like to offer the following tips for getting the yawns out of your sex life and would love to hear your own suggestions:
For now, sleep and I will just have to content ourselves with a long-distance relationship. But I won't give up on us: some day we'll be together for a full eight hours. In the meantime I guess I'll just have to settle for sex. Which actually is pretty darn good.